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|Paynesville Press - May 1, 2002|
Dogs beat top-rated Cathedral
The Bulldogs baseball team defeated the top-ranked team in the state 5-4 in dramatic fashion for their first conference win of the season on Monday, April 22.|
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead against St. Cloud Cathedral and then held on in the seventh, as centerfielder Jeremy Fuchs threw out the tying run at the plate to end the game.
The Crusaders won the Class A title last year and were ranked first in the state to start the year. It was their first loss of the season.
Coach Brad Skoglund called it an outstanding win for the team. "It was nice to see our kids come back in the fifth inning to take the lead and hang on for victory," he said.
The Bulldogs rallied from deficits of 2-0, 3-1, and 4-3 to win their first conference game of the season.
With one out in the fifth inning, senior Wes Lieser drew a walk, sophomore Adam Kampsen singled, and senior Nic Fuchs walked to load the bases. One run scored on junior Josh Krupke's ground out, and the winning run scored on a Cathedral error.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. Krupke singled in Kampsen for the Dogs' first run in the second. Lieser brought home junior Josh Kampsen with a single in the third. And senior Ryan Schneider had an RBI single, scoring Fuchs in the fourth.
On the hill, Josh Kampsen pitched all seven innings to earn the victory for the Bulldogs. "Josh Kampsen threw strikes and he kept Cathedral off balance with his curve ball," said Skoglund. "Josh showed a lot of poise in pitching in his first varsity ball game."
The Bulldogs played at Sauk Centre on Tuesday. They will play at Melrose on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., will host ACGC on Friday night at 7 p.m., and will play at Albany on Tuesday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m.
Cathedral - Batting: Dave Carlson 3-3 HR RBI-2; Josh Hollenhorst 1-3 R; Brian Knoblauch 1-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Scott Halyczok (L) (4.1-6-5-4-1-3); Carlson (1.2-0-0-0-3-0).
LPGE 13, Paynesville 3
The Thunder scored four runs in the first and led 6-2 before the Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. But the Thunder scored a run in the fourth and five in the fifth to take the lead for good.
The Thunder had 13 hits and were helped by seven walks and five errors from the Bulldogs. Only seven of their runs were earned.
Adam Kampsen led the Bulldogs at the plate with three hits, including two doubles to left center. His bases-loaded double in the third scored two runs. He scored three runs himself.
Senior Max Meagher also had three hits, including two-out RBI singles in the second and third innings. He also scored two runs.
LPGE's Ryan Tschida had a two-run double in the top of the fifth to help put the game away for the Thunder and pitched five innings in relief to earn the victory.
With the loss, the Bulldogs are now 4-5 for the season and 1-4 in the West Central Conference North.
Albany - Batting: Matt Mergen 1-2 R-2; Josh Harrison 1-4 HR RBI-3; Henry Noske 1-3 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) John Klein (W) (7-2-0-0-1-5).
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